A historic agreement was signed this morning, offering fire protection services to part of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.
The five year deal with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is worth just under $40,000. The Shell-Glen Volunteer Fire/Rescue will offer fire protection to 17 structures on the south side of the First Nation.
“It gives us that opportunity to build capacity in our fire protection area for our community,” says Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick.
Band Councillor Louella Nome says it’s a deal about 20 years in the making.
“This means, for the community, building bridges, having a relationship with our neighbours [and] being respected,” Nome says.
The north side of the First Nation is still not covered by any fire service. But many are hoping that is the next step. However, the chief of the Shell-Glen Volunteer Fire/Rescue says the north side is too far from the station and would be better serviced by Prince George Fire Rescue.
Nome says talks are currently in the works to have the city’s fire service available in the north portion of the Shelley reserve.